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Small private college beats UNLV and University of Nevada, Reno in annual ranking

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Posted at 6:29 AM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 15:18:26-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — With the first “early decision” college-application deadline looming on Nov. 1 and colleges adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2021’s Best College & University Ranking.

To help college-bound seniors choose the best schools within their states, WalletHub compared over 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 30 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.

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Here’s the top 3 colleges in Nevada:

1. Sierra Nevada University (formerly known as Sierra Nevada College)
2. University of Nevada, Reno
3. UNLV

Here’s how they stacked up:

School Snapshot: Sierra Nevada University (1 = Best):

  • 1st – Admission Rate
  • 3rd – Net Cost
  • 1st – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 2nd – On-Campus Crime
  • 3rd – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 2nd – Graduation Rate
  • 3rd – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: University of Nevada, Reno (1 = Best):

  • 3rd – Admission Rate
  • 2nd – Net Cost
  • 2nd – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 1st – On-Campus Crime
  • 2nd – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 1st – Graduation Rate
  • 1st – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: UNLV (1 = Best):

  • 2nd – Admission Rate
  • 1st – Net Cost
  • 3rd – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 3rd – On-Campus Crime
  • 1st – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 2nd – Graduation Rate
  • 2nd – Post-Attendance Median Salary